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Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 12:18 am
In Illinois, Lincoln’s essential premise of “government of the people, by the people, and for the people” has been corrupted into “government of the casinos, by the casinos, and for the casino...
Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 12:18 am
 Pedasi, Panama -- While Jan. 9 was just another Monday in the U.S., it was a major national holiday in Panama, marking perhaps the lowest point in the inextricably close relations between the tw...
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 12:15 am
Recently Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a provocative and sobering speech touching on the viability of future Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and again brought into question the nature of th...
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 12:17 am
 Life is full of “What if…?” questions. One of these questions preeminent in Illinois is, “What if Speaker Madigan was no longer speaker?”. One of my “What if” questions is: How wou...
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 12:13 am
All Americans face the prospect that very shortly after Jan. 20, Congress will repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). That means between 14 and 17 million people (depending on the report you want to us...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:33 am
As Mario Cuomo said, politicians campaign in poetry but have to govern in prose. Now we have a president-elect who campaigned in tweets...but still will have to govern in prose.Donald Trump showed gre...
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 12:12 am
The Italians vote their leader out and this affects all of us. Prime Minister Renzi in Italy recently resigned as promised after losing a plebiscite on whether or not to amend the Constitution so Ital...
Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 12:18 am
 On Saturday morning, Oct. 15, I decided to go to the Parkway 8 theater in Springfield to see the film The Birth of a Nation by Nate Parker. I didn’t know if I could handle being reminded of ou...
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 12:16 am
As hard as the campaign might have been and the transition is proving to be, Donald Trump’s challenges are really just beginning. Governing after a toxic election in which the results awarded him an...

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